The certification cost-share program is back!
Thanks to the diligence of the organic community, certification cost-share is fully funded for 2014.
This means that all certified organic entities in the United States are eligible to apply for a refund of 75% of their certification-related costs, including inspection fees, up to a maximum of $750 per certification or certified scope.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is responsible for administering this program in California, though the funds originate with the federal government. Everyone who is registered as organic with the CDFA should have received notification that the program is open for applications, including a paper application and information on how to apply online.
CCOF is standing by to help members with documentation required by the state, including receipts for fees paid to CCOF and verification that you are certified.
CCOF encourages all members to apply for the refunds and has set a goal of 100% participation by our members. The reason? Congress determines the value of programs each year largely on the basis of how many people make use of them. If they see a huge pool of certification cost-share funds sitting around unspent, they are less likely to make these funds available in the future.
CCOF is making it easy to apply for cost share! Visit our Financial Assistance page to learn more about cost share and how to apply.